The adaptation of the first book in the Philip Pullman trilogy, The Golden Compass (originally titled Northern Lights) grossed £230 million around the world in 2007. But since, nothing has been said since about filming the next two books in the series, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.
There are some things in life that you hype up to such a ridiculous extent, there’s no way they’re going to live up to your expectations. The media frenzy surrounding New Moon ensured there was very little chance it would live up to expectations, and surprise, surprise, it doesn’t. Golden Compass director Chris Weitz places the film squarely in cheesy superhero blockbuster territory with exaggerated special effects and embarrassingly corny love scenes. The only bright spot on the horizon is newcomer Taylor Lautner, who brings a surprising amount of warmth and likeability to the role of Jacob Black.